In terms of employee preferences, one can begin to think of their own current job. If there is one thing right off the top the head, would be increased wages. In a study performed by Kovach (1995), he states that not all employees found their jobs interesting, but rather the most requested preference was to have increased wages. Researchers are always evaluating what drives employees. It has been found that employees are driven by tangible items such, such as gifts or rewards (i.e. gift cards), while others are motivated by public and/or private praise, or maybe just a luncheon to boost moral within the office. However, no matter how it is looked at Kovach makes a very striking observation, that not all employees were thrilled or even interested about their jobs, which impacts performance greatly.
Every year, employees can look forward to annual performance reviews. The leadership within an organization evaluate employee performance to determine if pay raises are warranted, promotions, if more employee training is needed, or even to evaluate and determine if there is a need to reduce the workforce. There are several types of assessments which can be used to determine these factors and according to SHRM (2020), the following are the most used in assessing employee performance:
- Forced Distribution
Though, these types of assessments can be useful tools. However, if making the work more interesting for employees through skill assessments, conversations with management, or any means to get the message across, employee morale and motivation would increase, as would production and employee performance.